Year Released: 1959
This classic romantic comedy stars the legendary Marilyn Monroe and is widely regarded as one of the best films of all time. It tells the story of two musicians who must dress in drag to hide from the mafia after they wind up accidentally witnessing a crime.
Some Like it Hot was a huge success with critics and at the box office. It was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Actor and Best Director. In 2000, the American Film Institute named it number one on their list of 100 years of 100 laughs.
The Night of the Hunter
Year Released: 1955
This 1950’s film-noir focuses on the tale of a preacher who goes off the rails and on to a murder spree. The film was directed by actor Charles Laughton, his only feature-length film in which he wasn’t acting.
Roger Ebert gave the film a 4/4 rating, and it holds a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes out of nearly 70 votes. The film is available for viewing on Amazon Prime Video, where it also has a stellar rating of 4.3/5.
Aguirre, the Wrath of God
Year Released: 1972
With a 4/4-star rating from Roger Ebert, this 1972 film follows a group of conquistador explorers on a failed expedition on the hunt for a lost city. It’s directed by Werner Herzog, and stars Klaus Kinski – a powerhouse team when it comes to creating cinema legends, though this is said to be their best collaboration by far.
The film has a near-perfect rating of 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, and has won awards internationally, including the 1973 German Film Award and the 1977 National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography.
Year Released: 2014
Whiplash premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won both the Grand Jury Prize for the drama category, and the Audience Award. It follows a jazz drumming student as he tries to learn and rise up at the (fictional) Shaffer Conservatory despite an abusive instructor.
The movie became critically acclaimed upon its release, and received a number of prestigious accolades, including three Oscars at the 87th Academy Awards show. It grossed nearly $50 million at the box office against a budget of just $3.3 million.
The Gold Rush
Year Released: 1925
One of Charlie Chaplin’s many famous films that he wrote, produced, and directed; The Gold Rush first came out in the middle of the 1920s. The film combines comedy with some very real struggles being faced by workers across America, which made it hugely popular.
Chaplin himself has said more than once that if he could be remembered for one film, this would be it. It was nominated for multiple Academy Awards: Best Music and Best Sound Recording.